HH the Emir Al-Thani meets US-President Obama
On Tuesday, 26th of February, President Barack Obama welcomed HH Emir Tamim bin Hamid Al-Thani in the White House. The United States and Qatar have a long-lasting partnership. The meeting was an opportunity to deepen that relationship along with their shared interest in supporting stability and prosperity in the Middle East.
“Qatar is a strong partner in fighting the Islamic State and his branch ISIL”, Obama said. “HH the Emir Hamid al-Thani and the US share the goal, that all people in Iraq, the Shiites, the Sunnites and the Kurds, may live together in peace.”
Both heads of state have the same point of view regarding that issue. Military solutions are insufficient to defeat terrorism and to confront the huge strategic challenges the Middle East and the world face.
According to White House press secretary Josh Earnest, Qatar and the US have the kind of relationship that allows to openly address all topics of interest for both parties. Among other things the relationship helped to negotiate for the release of an American writer, Peter Theo Curtis, who had been held captive by al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria. He was freed in August after nearly two years.
In a guest article for the New York Times, HH Al Thani stated: “I know that many in the West look at the terrorist threat and say that the problem is Islam. But as a Muslim, I can tell you that the problem isn’t Islam — it’s hopelessness. It’s the kind of hopelessness that abounds in the Syrian and Palestinian refugee camps, and in war-weary towns and villages in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Gaza. It’s the hopelessness we see in the poorer neighborhoods of Europe’s great cities, and, yes, even in the United States.”
Qatar and the US will address this problem together.